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Rio Olympics 2016:
Caster Semenya is South Africa's golden girl

by Michael Makungo
Sunday 21 August 2016 06:55

Caster Semenya has given South Africa its second gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Semenya is the first South African woman in 64 years to win Olympic gold in athletics. Read more.

Rio Olympics 2016: Wayde van Niekerk breaks world record to win Olympic gold

15 August 2016

South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson's 17-year-old 400m world record to sensationally win Olympic gold at Rio 2016.

The 24-year-old finished in 43.03 seconds, 0.15 quicker than the time Johnson clocked in Seville in 1999. Read more.

UNISA Alumni Cocktail Function

16 June 2016, 18:00/18:30
The Westin New York Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

RSVP to :
Ms. Lynette van Niekerk
Tel: +2712 441 5830

South African Community to Host Informal Celebration Commemorating the 40th Year of South Africa's Youth Day

Saturday, 18 June 2016, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Riverside Park, located on the Hudson River, Lower Deck
between West 145th and West 158th Streets
Manhattan, New York

For inquiries regarding directions to the venue, please contact Isaac Johnson at (914) 391-9925 or

 Click on the image below to view details.

40th Anniversary Production of Sarafina!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 10:00 am
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the musical Sarafina! to kick off the Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series on June 14. This special performance, presented by the Mann, Howard University's Department of Theater Arts and NEWorks Productions, is a musical inspired by the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, when more than 10,000 South African youth boldly defended their right to an education that affirmed their cultural identity and heritage. Now, 40 years later, the inspiring story of these brave South African students comes to life on the Mann's main stage in this production by Howard University. Sarafina! is Directed by Eric Ruffin with choreography by Jakari Sherman, the book, music and lyrics are by Mbongeni Ngema and arranged by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela.

The Honorable Speaker Baleka Mbete will be a special guest at this event.

More information at http:// philadelphia/article/ SARAFINA-Set-for-Manns-2016 -Young-Peoples-Concert-Ser ies-614-20160608

40th Anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising

Wednesday, 15 June 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
830 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

The Maryland/KwaZulu-Natal Sister State Committee cordially invites you to a special evening commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Soweto Youth Uprising. Local and international activists and historians, including the Honorable Baleka Mbete, South African Speaker of Parliament and His Excellency Mninwa Mahlangu, South African Ambassador to the U.S., will reflect on the domestic and international significance of the Soweto uprising and the important role of women and youth in advancing social change.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jean Bailey, Chairperson, at (202) 421-5552 or

Briefing for University of Pretoria Graduate Students Participating at Fordham University's Emerging Markets Program

2 June 2016

Youth Month

1 to 30 June 2016

June is celebrated as Youth Month in South Africa, with a specific focus on 16 June, which is also known as Youth Day. Youth Month pays tribute to the school pupils who lost their lives during the 16 June 1976 uprising in Soweto.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings. The theme for Youth Month is: “Youth Moving South Africa Forward.” Read more.

NB: Notice of Office Closure

Please note that our offices will be closed on Monday, 30 May 2016 and will resume normal operations on Tuesday, 31 May 2016.

Visit to New York by the Department of Higher Education and Training led by Minister Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande

24 May 2016

South African Airways Launches "Sizzling Summer Sale" with fares to South Africa from $1,199*
(Restrictions Apply)

Fares So Hot They Must Be Purchased by June 1st

Just in time for the summer travel season, South African Airways (SAA), the national flag carrier of South Africa and Africa's most awarded airline, announces the "Sizzling Summer Sale" with its lowest fares of the season for travel from New York and Washington, DC to Johannesburg. Sale fares start at $1,199.00* (restrictions apply) round-trip from Washington, DC-Dulles to Johannesburg and $1,299.00* (restrictions apply) from New York-JFK to Johannesburg. These fares are available for purchase by June 1, 2016, for travel from June 1 – 30, 2016. Promo details.

Africa Month

South Africa recognizes itself as an integral part of the African continent. Therefore the country understands its national interest to be intrinsically linked to continental stability, unity and prosperity. Our national interest is therefore defined by the development and upliftment of all African people.

Africa Month seeks to increase appreciation and demand for arts and culture goods and services to stimulate competitive markets for Intra-Africa trade.

May: Energy Month

May is Energy Month in South Africa. Come on board and reduce energy consumption in your everyday life. Read more.

The Meeting of the Minds:
South Africa's Enterprising Next Generation

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Farm Soho, 2nd Floor
447 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Tickets: $35
Reception includes appetizers and wine.

The Peace Train Tour Across America: New York

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 8:00 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture New York City Concert
2 West 64th Street New York, NY 10023

Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Save $5 and buy tickets in advance at


New York African Film Festival:
While You Weren't Looking

Friday, 6 May 2016, 2:00 pm
Sunday, 8 May 2016, 9:15 pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

Tickets available at

Directed by Catherine Stewart, South Africa, 2015, 104m.

Synopsis: The changing landscape of post-Apartheid South African politics and lifestyles is portrayed through two central relationships: a successful black real estate woman who is cheating on her white wife, and their bohemian daughter dating a gender non-confirming woman in the Khayelitsha township.

New York African Film Festival: Cuckold

Thursday, 5 May 2016 at 8:30 pm
– followed by Q&A with Director Charlie Vundla
Tuesday, 10 May 10 2016 at 3:45pm
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Film Society Lincoln Center
144 W 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

Directed by Charlie Vundla, South Africa, 2015, 95m.

Synopsis: The second feature by Charlie Vundla (director of How to Steal 2 Million, a selection of the 2012 New York African Film Festival), Cuckold tells the story of a young African-American professor in Johannesburg (played by Vundla) who falls apart after his wife leaves him for another man. While trying to drink himself into oblivion, he has a chance encounter with an old schoolmate who is now a homeless life coach. Together (with a little help from the drug trade), the two men prop each other up, and things soon ease back into normalcy… until the professor’s wife reappears sobbing at his doorstep. An unusual ménage à trois arrangement follows, one that seems destined to wreak havoc on the fragile state of affairs.

Tickets available at:

NB: Notice of Office Closure

Please note that in observance of Workers' Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, 2 May 2016 and will resume normal operations on Tuesday, 3 May 2016. Please plan your visit accordingly.

Come and celebrate Freedom Day with the South African Consulate General and the South African community in New York on Saturday, 30 April 2016. Bring your children, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, and friends from Africa and the Diaspora. Everyone is welcome.

Please note that the State Park and the New York City Park are at the same location. Our event will be held at the New York City Park which is located at the lower deck of the State Park.


If you have a grill and charcoal, please bring them. Kindly note that smoking and drinking are prohibited at NYC parks.


You are encouraged to wear your favorite South African Gear: Springbok jersey, cap, South African flag, Bafana-Bafana t-shirt; whatever makes you a proud South African.


Catch A, B, C,D or # 1 trains to 145 Street (Manhattan) and walk westward towards Broadway and Riverside Drive. If you are driving, enter the park from West 158th Street. There is parking and restrooms.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ntabiseng (347) 264-6911, Sandra (201) 663-3574 or Isaac (914) 391-9925.

About Freedom Day

Freedom Day on 27 April is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It is significant because it marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new state subject to a new constitution. Read more.

Uhadi: All-Stars of Johannesburg Jazz

1-3 April 2016
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street, 5th Floor, New York City

Set Times*
7:30 & 9:30pm nightly
Late Night Session Tuesday-Saturday
Doors Open at 11:15pm
*unless otherwise noted

With Musical Director and saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, trumpeter Feya Faku, pianist Paul Hanmer, bassist Herbie Tsoaeli, and drummer Justin Badenhorst

Uhadi, an all-star jazz band from Johannesburg, returns by extremely popular demand to set Dizzy’s alight with its joyful, high-energy brand of jazz. This time, the vocalist will be Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the 2016 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. The multi-talented Horn has recently led her own group at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and performed before an awe-struck audience at New York’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church. Now she further expands her artistry into this exciting new territory. Don’t miss this exciting collaboration. Buy tickets online.

Johnny Clegg

Johnny Clegg Band returns to North America in Spring 2016 for a headline tour of PACs, clubs, and universities.

Ridgefield Playhouse, Connecticut

Wednesday, 30 March 2016, 8:00 pm
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tel: (203) 438-5795, Fax: (203) 438-4543

VIP Party Pass available! Includes priority parking and open bar from 6:30 – 7:15 pm. Available for $25 by calling box office (203) 438-5795. More information available at

The Box Office is open Monday - Friday: 9:00
Saturday: 12 noon-4:00 pm and 1 hour prior to a live performance.

BB King Blues Club and Grill in New York City

31 March 2015 and , 1 April 2016
237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 997-4144
Showtime: 8:00 pm, Doors open at 6:00 pm
Tickets: $40 in advance, $45 day of show

Opening Act: Jesse Clegg

For more information and to buy tickets, please go to

Notice of March 2016 Office Closures

Before visiting our offices, please make note of the following closures.

The South African Consulate General will be closed on:

  • Monday, 21 March (Human Right Day),
  • Friday, 25 March (Good Friday), and
  • Monday, 28 March 2016 (Family Day).

Home Affairs Section will be open to the public on Thursday, 24 March 2016 until 11:00 am only.

You can also check the full list of holidays the Consulate will observe for the year. Please plan your visit accordingly.

A Tribute to Sara Baartman - The Staged Reading

Thursday, 24 March 2016, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Grinton I. Will Public Library ...
1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710

This ensemble performance piece will explore the life of Sara Baartman.

Sara, a South African woman of the Khoisian people was put on display by Europeans as a freak show attraction in the early 19th century. Fascinated with her body and body parts she was a spectacle; exploited and degraded for all to see. Through 'Reflection' we will share our empathy for Sara and find out how she came to be known as the Hottentot Venus.

Produced by Lyricsoulsproductions
Directed by Aixa Kendrick

For more information, please contact organizer Adrienne Lyric at (917) 721-5187 or email

60th Anniversary of South African Women's March Of 1956: Sharing the Milestones of South African Women

Saturday, 19 March 2016, 5:30 pm
For My Sweet Garden and Event Space/Kalahari Gallery
1103 Fulton Street (at Claver Place), Brooklyn, NY 11238

Presentation by South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, with Executive Director of Ilitha Labantu S.A., Ms. Mandisa Monakali.

For more information, please call (917) 757-0170 or email

Africa's Largest Solar Power Plant to be Switched On Today

17 March 2016

KIMBERLEY - The largest solar power plant in Africa will be switched on in the Northern Cape this morning. The facility which is based in De Aar, is expected to produce more than 175 megawatts of power. Read full news article.

The solar power plant in De Aar. Picture:

Nicki Minaj in South Africa for Pinkprint Tour

17 March 2016

FILE: Nicki Minaj. Picture: Facebook.

American rapper Nicki Minaj has landed in Johannesburg for the first leg of her ‘PinkPrint’ Tour. Read full article.

Second Annual South African Craft Show

16 April 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street, New York NY 10001
Use 11th Street Entrance

SA-U.S. trade deal reaches beyond Agoa

By Mzwandile Masina
02 March 2016

The U.S. government through the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is currently seized developing a report on “Deepening and Broadening the Trade and Investment Relationship between Africa and the U.S.”.

Over the years, the U.S. has been one of South Africa’s key trading partners. Such relations were supported by a number of government-to-government platforms. Read full news.

Imagine Scholar Inc. Fundraiser

Tuesday, 22 March 2016, from 6:00 pm til close
Madiba Restaurant
195 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Madiba Restaurant invites you to a dinner supporting education in South Africa through the charity, Imagine Scholar Inc.

Guests can look forward to an open bar cocktail hour, complimentary hor d'oeuvres, raffle prizes and a "Taste of South Africa" multi-course meal.

RSVP by confirming your dinner reservation with Madiba Restaurant at Dinner starts promptly at 8:00 p.m, and will cost $50 a person.

For more information, please visit or contact Caitlin at

Courtesy Call by South African Artist Lionel Smit

4 March 2016

Left to right: Consul Dion van Tonder, Lionel Smit, Monique Bredell, Consul Bernard Legodi and Cynthia Reeves.

Lionel Smit is considered one of South Africa’s most talented artists, best known for his contemporary portraiture executed through monumental canvases and sculptures. Perhaps more than anything else, Lionel Smit’s art is defined by a deeply rooted symbiotic relationship between sculpture and painting. Born in 1982 in Pretoria, South Africa, Smit was exposed to a world of sculpture through his father, renowned sculptor Anton Smit, who worked from his studio adjacent to the family home.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the budget speech to the Parliament on Wednesday, 24 February 2015, at 2:00 p.m. South Africa time.

Visit to the New York Stock Exchange

18 February 2016

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Mzwandile Collen Masina and South African Ambassador to the United States Mr. Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu visited the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, 18 February 2016.

South African Delegation at the 2016 Wall Street Project: Economic Summit

18 February 2016

Investment Forum: The South Africa-U.S. Business to Business Forum
Riverside Ballroom, Sheraton New York Times Square

Left to right: Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa, Ms. Florizelle B. Liser; Executive Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings, Dr. Anna Mokgokong; South African Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu; founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.; Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry, Mr. Mzwandile Collen Masina, and seated in front, Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Ms.Elizabeth Thabethe.

President Jacob Zuma presented the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 11 February 2016 at 19h00.

The 2016 theme was: “Following up on our commitments to the people”.

During his speech, the President talked about government’s achievements of the past year and looked to the future by presenting a programme for the coming year. This programme set out government’s plans to address various key government programmes. The President addressed the nation in his capacity as Head of State, not only as Head of Government.

Read full text of the statement.

The South Africa Yearbook 2015 gives a comprehensive account of the programmes and policies of our government as well as the current state of the South African nation. This publication is the official authoritative reference work on the Republic of South Africa and is updated annually.

Editor: Elias Tibane
Tel: 012 473 0069

For older year books, please click here.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, 19 February 2016, 8:00 pm
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street
New York City

For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifiting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. This year, the four-time Grammy Award winning group, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Simon on his seminal album, Graceland.

This concert is part of World Music Institute's Masters of African Music Series

Tickets are available through: or

Starfish USA Gala 2016

Dada Masilo's Swan Lake

2 - 7 February 2016
The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Joyce Charge: (212) 242-0800

Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m
Curtain chat: Wednesday, 3 February

Combining classic and contemporary dance that is strongly influenced by her African heritage, Johannesburg-born dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo creates explosive, passionate work. Her reimagining of Swan Lake is no exception as the dancers are not only propelled by Tchaikovsky, but also by Steve Reich as they turn the classic Swan Lake on its head to tackle issues of gender and homophobia in a country ravaged by AIDS.

For tickets and more information, please go to Joyce Theater.

Underwriting support for The Joyce’s presentation of Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake provided by Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer, and Amit Wadhwaney of Moerus Capital Management LLC. Support for The Joyce’s presentation of international dance provided by the R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance. Support for The Joyce’s community outreach and inclusive programming provided by The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. The presentation of Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Special support provided by South Africa’s Department of Arts & Culture.

Fashion Roars

Thursday, 4 February 2016
7:00 p.m. to Midnight
Broad Street Ballroom
41 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004

Generation Ubuntu’s second annual Fashion Roars is a one-night only theatrical fashion show with a life-saving mission. It offers a full night of performance, live music, dancing, and chances to win luxury prizes. All proceeds will go toward providing care services for children and teens living with HIV in South Africa. Amy Freeze of WABC will emcee, and 40 professional dancers will be donating their talent to the runway show produced by Katy Parnello of the Telluride AIDS Benefit.

Host: Amy Freeze - Meteorologist for New York City's TV station WABC
Auctioneer: Paul O'Reilly Hyland - Co-Founder and CEO of OCP Capital LLC

For more information and tickets, please go to:

Kindly note that the South African Consulate General will be closed from Thursday, 24 December 2015 and will resume normal operations on Monday, 4 January 2016. Please plan your visit accordingly.